The Red Sea

The Red Sea also known as the Erythraean Sea is a large body of salt water that lies between Africa and Asia. It connects to the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal and connects to the ocean through the Bab el Mandeb and Gulf of Aden. The red sea is one of the most heavily traveled waterways in the world, a large quantity of goods are transported between several countries through the Red Sea.

Red Sea Facts for Kids

  • The Red Sea shares shore line with Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti.
  • The water volume of the red sea is about 233,000km3.
  • The Red Sea has around 200 soft and hard coral types, 1000 species of invertebrates and more than 1200 species of fish around 10% of these are found nowhere else on the planet.
  • The Red Sea together with the Black Sea, the White Sea and the Yellow Sea are the four seas named in English after common colours.
  • Due to high evaporation the Red Sea is one of the saltiest water in the world.
  • The surface area of the Red Sea is about 438,000 km2 that is about thrice the size of the European country of Greece.
  • There are 25 islands in the red sea among which are the Brothers island, Rocky island, Giftun island, Tiran island, Zabargad island , Shedwan island, Perim Island and Harnish island.
  • The average depth of the Red Sea is 490 meters and the maximum depth which is located north of the Straits of Tiran is 2,211 meters. The maximum depth of the sea will conveniently swallow Mount Yong Belar which is mountain located in Perak, Malaysia.
  • During summer the surface water temperature of the Red Sea is about 260c in the north and rises to 300c in the south. The water temperature varies during winter.
  • The clownfish Nemo, can be found hidden in the tentacles of the colour sea anemones.
  • Due to the name one might be tempted to think that the sea is as red as blood but far from it the Red Sea is famous for its crystal clear water. The name red sea is derived from the extensive growth of the blue algae which dyes the otherwise blue water to orange-red.
  • The Red Sea is called Bahr al-ahmar in Arabic.
  • The ancient Egyptians were known as the first to explore the Red Sea.
  • In 1798, France failed in a bid to invade Egypt and capture the Red Sea.

 

Question: The Red Sea shares shore line with which countries?

Answer: The Red Sea shares shore line with Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti.

Question: What are the four seas named in English after common colours?

Answer: The Red Sea, Black Sea, White Sea and the Yellow Sea are the four seas named in English after common colours.

Question: What is the Red Sea called in Arabic?

Answer: The Red Sea is called Bahr al-ahmar in Arabic.

Question: What is the depth of the Red Sea?

Answer: The average depth of the Red Sea is 490 meters and the maximum depth is 2,211 meters.

Question: Where is the Maximum depth of the Red Sea located?

Answer: The Maximum depth of the Red Sea is located north of the Straits of Tiran.

Question: What is the surface area of the Red Sea?

Answer: The surface area of the Red Sea is about 438,000 km2

Question: How many species of fish are found in the Red Sea?

Answer: There are more than 1200 species of fish in the Red Sea.

Question: How many islands are in the Red Sea?

Answer: There are about 25 islands in the Red Sea.